Senior Bowl: South Team Practice Report

Daily practice reports from the South Squad practices. Updates on Manny Lawson, Marcus Hudson, and T.J. Williams are included.


Player Pos School Height Weight Arm Hand
Brodie Croyle QB Alabama 6022 200 9 3/4 32

Weigh-In Notes: Slender....looks like a high-school kid.

Monday Practice Notes: Awkward placement on handoffs as he tries to hide the ball but it creates problems for the running back receiving the ball.  Holds the ball low and as a result displayed a slow release.  Did not work well with timing routes, delivering the ball late.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Like the other two signal callers, he struggled with deeper throws but threw well on shorter routes. Coyle looked good with his setup and he did a good job of improvising at the line of scrimmage when the pocket broke down.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  He was the best out of the three signal callers in practice drills in the session. Coyle showed more accuracy than the previous two days and was good in throwing through a tight window.
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Analysis:
Darrell Hackney QB UAB 5113 240 9 1/2 32 1/2

Weigh-In Notes: Short, built like a rock....thick arms and shoulders.

Monday Practice Notes:  Hides the ball well on his handoffs and plays it out as if he has the ball.  Good setup and strong arm and lead his receivers well.   Battled inconsistency with high and low throws.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  The delivery on his passes was compact which helped on shorter passes and Hackney displayed good footwork. However, he struggled with accuracy on deeper throws of 30 yards or more. He showed decent mobility and did a decent job of throwing on the run.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  He continued to show a strong yet erratic arm during practice drills. Hackney, like most the signal callers this week, has trouble with accuracy when under duress or pressure.
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Analysis:
D.J. Shockley QB Georgia 6006 205 9 32 1/2

Weigh-In Notes: Slim and very slender.

Monday Practice Notes:  Held the ball high and displayed a quick release.  Threw some ducks and delivered the ball low to his receivers all day long.  His deep ball floated.  Extends the ball nicely to the running backs on handoffs.
Tuesday Practice Notes:   He showed to have a slightly better than average arm and he did a good job on sideline throws but Shockley struggled with his consistency throughout the practice session.
Wednesday Practice Notes: His technique when throwing is almost a push pass. Shockley's passes were inconsistent almost the entire session and he had a lot of problems hitting his receivers in stride.
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Analysis:
Joseph Addai RB LSU 5111 208 9.5 31 7/8

Weigh-In Notes: Slender yet cut and well built.

Monday Practice Notes: Hides extremely well behind his line and explodes through the hole. Showed deceptive speed.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  He had a mostly solid session and found success on most of his runs. Addai ran with power while showing some elusiveness. The only negative is that he runs a little too high.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  He ran with very good power and elusiveness and also did a good job of catching the ball out of the backfield. Addai does a good job of reading his blocks and runs with agility.
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Analysis:
Andre Hall RB South Florida 5081 203 10 29 3/4

Weigh-In Notes: Defined and well built.

Monday Practice Notes:
Tuesday Practice Notes:  He ran with good speed and elusiveness and did a good job of catching the ball out of the backfield. Because of his size, Hall got engulfed at times in pass protection.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  He runs with a powerful style that's low to the ground. Hall really showed improvement over his first two practice sessions with patience on his runs and his ability to set up blocks.  
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Analysis:
Jerious Norwood RB Mississippi State 5113 205 10 32

Weigh-In Notes: Needs upper body development.

Monday Practice Notes:  Fastest played on the field and was able to get to the edge
without much stress.  Did not run well inside the tackles.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  He was very solid in most aspects of the practice session. Norwood ran with a slashing style which made him hard to tackle and he had a few long runs down field. He gave good effort in pass blocking.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  He's very fast to the hole and is hard to stop once he gets it going. Norwood also has good hands out of the backfield. The one negative is that he'll get knocked down occasionally after first contact.
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Analysis:
DeAngelo Williams RB Memphis 5084 208 9 1/2 31

Weigh-In Notes: Short, stout and compact.

Monday Practice Notes:  Dropped his first swing pass.  Showed patience and waits
for his line to setup the blocks before exploiting the openings.  
Tuesday Practice Notes:  He's easily the best back here this week and has nothing but help his draft stock. Williams ran with great vision in this session and was very patient and did a god job of setting up his blockers. Williams  showed a great burst on his runs and was able to hit the second level well and found daylight down the field on many occasions. He also did a good job out of the backfield when catching the ball and was a willing pass blocker.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Again he was very smooth on his runs and he sets the blocks up very well. Williams doesn't stop moving even after first contact and is able to pick up extra yardage. He's also has shown to have soft hands.
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Analysis:
Garret Mills FB-TE Tulsa 6006 236 9 3/4 31 7/8

Weigh-In Notes: Broad chest\shoulders but needs toning...marginal muscle build.

Monday Practice Notes:
Tuesday Practice Notes:  He didn't run much as he worked with the fullbacks but Mills did a solid job on pass routes and he caught the ball well. He gave good effort in blocking during the session.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  He has only been asked to run once so far. Mills struggles in blocking but has shown to be an excellent receiver in all practice sessions no matter where he's lined up.  Ran very good routes.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Marcedes Lewis TE UCLA 6057 254 10 3/8 35

Weigh-In Notes: Big shoulders and wide arms.

Monday Practice Notes:  Excellent hands.  Made the catch of the day, a one-handed grab against zone coverage that drew some applause from scouts.  The best route runner on the field and is strong in his release off the line.   Blocking needs some work.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Caught the ball very well, showing terrific natural receiving skills.  Blocked much better than advertised, though there is still room for improvement.  Was not as quick off the line as one would think.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Again, caught the ball very well.  Possesses soft/natural hands.  Ran precise routes, sharply getting into breaks.  Beat the defense long on one play into the end zone.  Displayed better prowess blocking, working to finish the play.  Still a little slow off the line which was disappointing.
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Analysis:
Anthony Mix TE Auburn 6040 242 9 3/8 33 5/8

Weigh-In Notes: Large with minimal tone.

Monday Practice Notes:  Inconsistent day.  Looked crisp on some routes but drifted on others.  Did not display great hands but battled some tough throws.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Hops back on his heels before pushing off the line of scrimmage. Plays well without the ball, looking for blocks until the whistle blows. Displayed nice hands.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Loses some steps off the line of scrimmage but has good recovery in finishing the route. His cuts were precise and he gained separation late. Uses body well to protect the ball and catches are away from the body.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
T.J. Williams TE North Carolina State 6021 261 10 34 1/2

Weigh-In Notes: Thick with minimal definition.

Monday Practice Notes:  Looked weak on blocking assignments and was knocked down several times.  Limited opportunities in the passing game.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  A very mediocre session.  Showed neither the strength nor determination to block, rarely working to finish the play.  Dropped a lot of catchable throws early.  Picked it up late in the afternoon, displaying the ability to consistently find the open seam in the defense.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Tough session again.  Dropped more very catchable passes, some in the open field.  Does not display soft hands.  Did an admirable job finding the soft spot in the defense during scrimmage.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Devin Aromashodu WR Auburn 6021 202 9 1/8 33 3/8

Weigh-In Notes: Needs upper body development.

Monday Practice Notes:  Dropped the first pass his way with no one in coverage.  Doesn't break parallel to the quarterback in his breaks which makes it look like the quarterback misfired but his routes were the culprit.  He does catch with his hands but had a tough day overall.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Did a good job selling his route but does not come back to the ball. Showed some good footwork. Did not even try to make a block during the session.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Has really improved his route running and had the feel of a legitimate playmaker. Does not take extra steps and stays low entering and exiting his breaks. Very good in goalline situations, catching the ball in traffic.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Hank Baskett WR New Mexico 6024 220 9 33 1/4

Weigh-In Notes: Built but not ripped.

Monday Practice Notes:  Wound tight.  Worked hard all day but it made him sloppy.  Lined up wrong four to five times, which prompted his coach to say,?  This is not geometry.  It is easy.?  Tried to corral several passes outside of his range but came away unrewarded.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  No extra gear in his game and has a tough time creating separation. Has a casual attitude on the field when scouts would like to see him be aggressive. Not afraid to block. Works well on underneath routes.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Route running has been a weakness. Does not come out of his breaks cleanly. Outs are run without being square and he cannot stop and make a 90 degree turn. Always follows through with his blocks and remains a consistent hard worker.
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Analysis:
Skyler Green WR LSU 5090 193 8 1/2 29 1/2

Weigh-In Notes: Not the build advertised for a smaller guy.

Monday Practice Notes:  Had to re-run more than one route on the day, particularly slants and in-routes. Showed a nice burst of speed and got behind several defenders deep.  Looks the ball in over the shoulder.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Solid route runner who can create separation. Crisp but will, at times, look slow on the field. His session was cut short by a hamstring injury.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Did not suit up because of a hamstring injury.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Sinorice Moss WR Miami-Fl 5077 183 9 1/4 29 1/2

Weigh-In Notes: Tiny

Monday Practice Notes:  Smooth route runner who slips in his breaks.  Fast and physical off the line but game speed slows down in his route running.  That could be from the early slips.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  More controlled cutting ability on a drier field. Is cognizant of his position on the field and switches the ball to the sideline hand. Extra gear visible in his game and he catches the ball well in traffic. Was used as the primary returner on punts and kicks.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Was used as the only punt returner and fielded kickoffs with Norwood. Dropped one punt when he misread the ball and looked hesitant on another. Speed was evident and he displayed a late burst to gain separation. Cuts were clean and he put himself in position to make plays.  Ran excellent routes and was applauded by coaches.
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Analysis:
Ben Obomanu WR Auburn 6003 202 8 1/2 33 5/8

Weigh-In Notes:  Solid build.

Monday Practice Notes:  Catches the ball at the highest point and made some nice grabs
but is not refined in technique.  Ran a lot of poor routes and was chastised.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Doesn't attack the cornerback in his route running. Takes extra steps trying to throw off the defender which slows him down to a crawl. A poor route resulted in an easy interception for the defense.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Had trouble early in practice with his ability to make smooth cuts. Made the quarterbacks look bad as a result of his route execution. Improved as practice moved on with the coaches on his hide.
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Analysis:
Will Allen OL Texas 6046 318 10 1/8 33

Weigh-In Notes: No muscles tone in fact flabby.

Monday Practice Notes:  Showed nice ability and recognition in space.  Has a tendency to give up too much ground in his protection along with lacking much of a punch.  Was continually beat today by missing his initial punch.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Was a mess all day.  The coaching staff corrected him on not driving through with his hips.  The tendency to lead with his head, and accentuating the problem by continuously keeping his arms too wide, lead for a long day.  The one positive is Allen does work hard to reestablish his block after failing in the initial impact.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Received reps at both left guard and center.   Allen continues to struggle.  Often loses at the point of contact because he shoots the hands wide and gives up his body, and he certainly is not strong enough to overcome this problem.  Where he excelled today was out in space and at the second level.  Not the most powerful prospect but shown ability to play if in the right system.
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Analysis:
Ryan Cook OL New Mexico 6061 332 9 7/8 34

Weigh-In Notes: Terrible build with marginal muscle tone.....lots of room for improvement.

Monday Practice Notes:  Possesses long arms which showed to be both a burden and a blessing.  IF he hit his punch, the defender was dead in the water.   More often than not, he did not land said punch.    It should also be pointed out Cook played some right tackle as well today.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  This center prospect seems to be making a new home at right tackle.   He was complimented by the line coach on a proper and powerful punch. His timing on the punch overall is in question though.  Out on the edge, Cook has shown he is comfortable and smooth in a deep pass set.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Received reps at both center and tackle as he has all week.  Had trouble early in the day taking a proper angle in his pass set.   While he appears suited to make the transition to right tackle, his timing is clearly off at the position.   What he has shown all week is strength at the point of attack and a very good punch.
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Analysis:
Mike Degory OL Florida 6052 301 9 1/2 34 3/4

Weigh-In Notes: Thick but needs upper body development.

Monday Practice Notes: Degory not only played his natural position of center, but also got some reps at guard.   Showed a bad tendency to lead with the head which can lead him to be beat by quicker 1 techniques.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Quite day for the center prospect.   Did show some bad habits on a consistent basis.   Had a tendency to overset in pass blocking drills, giving up a clean run toward the QB up the middle.  Really struggles keeping the arms locked out.   The elbows are generally too wide thus taking away the power this large center should display.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Received reps at both center and left guard.  Degory fired off the ball low and hard today but still struggled to keep his head up and his elbows inside his body. 
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Analysis:
Cody Douglas OL Tennessee 6043 317 9 3/4 32 1/2

Weigh-In Notes: Flabby stomach and chest.

Monday Practice Notes:  Has a non existent punch which lead him to be beat continuously today.  Was asked to pull and move in space once today and looked totally lost.   His one highlight was actually keeping Broderick Bunkley in check on one occasion.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Coached up early in practice to get extension with his arms.  Tendency to lean with the back too much and would have been called for multiple holding calls in today's practice.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Showed a little bit of potential today.  Moved well in space and during pulls.  While he does move well in space, he has to work on the angles he takes to his block points.  In pass protection, if he locked on with a good fit, he showed some power.  Leading up to that point Douglas showed a weak post leg and had a few defenders come underneath on him.
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Analysis:
Max Jean-Gilles OL Georgia 6035 358 10 1/8 36

Weigh-In Notes: Thick and built  well for a 356-pound man.

Monday Practice Notes:  At first appeared dominant, after further review, Jean Gilles lacked a solid punch.   With his strength he was always able to overcome, but he consistently let defenders into his body giving them the upperhand from the snap.  
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Got a coaching lesson on a proper punch at the beginning of the practice, which is an upgrade from yesterday when it was a concern.  Possesses the athleticism to be comfortable in his lateral movements as seen in his pull blocks today. Still relying on his brute strength heavily.  At one point he was corrected on not keeping his feet pumping.  Recognition on second level blocking is a bit suspect as well.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  For a man his size, Jean-Gilles showed surprising athleticism and recognition when asked to block in space.   His timing on his punch is questionable and when it lands they are generally wide of the aiming point.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Marcus McNeill OL Auburn        

Weigh-In Notes:

Monday Practice Notes:  First and foremost it's important to point out that McNeill did show up, albeit late.  His technique overall was putrid, and the coaching staff noticed as they did try to coach him up. McNeill was bending at the waist, playing with too wide of a base, and generally played with too much of his weight forward.   At times he was pushed around by players not of his caliber.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Had the highlight block of the day as he cleaned Alabama DE, Mark Anderson, clean off his feet on a down block.  Showed he has good lateral quickness.   The question of technique is consistently the problem.    Bent at the wait often, base was too wide, and missed his target on the punch too often.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Powerful but continues to bend at the waist.   Coached up to get more width on his deep set.  Today was McNeill best performance of the week to date.   He showed some power, a nice punch, and very nice lateral quickness.   It appears to look like he is taking to some of the coaching.   Now tomorrow will be the key to see if he can put it all together for once.
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Analysis:
Jonathan Scott OL Texas 6061 310 9 7/8 34 1/2

Weigh-In Notes:  Some definition but has room for improvement.

Monday Practice Notes:  Maddeningly inconsistent.  One snap Scott plays to his talent level and is absolutely dominant.   The next he was completely blown off the ball.   What was impressive was his athleticism today especially when asked to hook.   Was corrected by the coaching staff on playing high and showing a weak post leg.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Consistently gives up too much ground in pass protection.  Tendency to get his elbows wide as well losing power in his punch.  Did show very nice lateral quickness.  
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Coached up at the beginning of practice on the art of a proper punch.  Scott played both sides of the line today at both right and left tackle.  One constant of the week is his quick feet.  The inconsistency continues in other aspects of the game.  Bent at the waist at times.  Even with the extra coaching still struggled with his hand play. And definitely needs to play with a lower pad level.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Albert Toeaina OL Tennessee 6047 338 10 3/4 32 7/8

Weigh-In Notes:  Wide, thick upper body and well proportioned.

Monday Practice Notes:  Corrected by the staff at one point for playing too high as well as setting up too deep in his pass set.  Did show some athleticism when beaten by a defender but recovered to run said defender off.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  The epitome of a "drive blocker".  Plays with too much weight forward, but does use it to his advantage when asked to drive defenders of the ball.    Also comes off the ball hard with a strong punch in pass protection.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Improved today in practice.   Looked more athletic in his pass set than seen earlier in the week.  Overall he struggled with countering moves in his pass set and is athletically limited at the position.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Eric Winston OL Miami-Fl 6063 302 9 1/8 32 1/4

Weigh-In Notes:  Long, slender, looks like a TE and needs more muscle development.

Monday Practice Notes:  Bit of a surprise today, actually showing some of that first round talent.  There should still be some worries about how deep a set he can get, and how well he can handle speed rushers with his knee.   Faster rushers gave him some slight trouble, but Winston was able to recover to run them off.   Overall, Winston was never beaten in this area.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  The question about his lateral quickness overall in his pass set became reality today.  Winston was beat multiple times clean by a quicker Manny Lawson.  Outside of that, it was quite a good day for Eric.  He was aggressive and played with a low pad level.  Showed enough quickness to get to the second level.  Consistently kept his feet pumping driving off defenders.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Struggled with his footwork in his pass set all day.  His kick step is not very deep and as such it is harder for him to deal with speed rushers.   Even showed a more lateral kick step, than getting depth, and was corrected on the mistake.  Outside of this one technically aspect, Winston looked athletic, especially in zone blocking.
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Analysis:
Mark Anderson DL Alabama 6037 254 9 3/8 33 1/4

Weigh-In Notes:  V-shape and cut.

Monday Practice Notes:  Showed nice burst off the edge as well as a couple nice pass rush moves.   The best was a beautifully executed push/pull to get past Marcus McNeill.   Anderson overall was quick off the edge but showed more strength at the point of attack than expected.  Also received a few reps at linebacker today (the only ‘tweener' prospect on the South side to do so) showing a competence at jamming the tight end off the line.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Continues to show he is stronger than expected at his size.  Constantly attacks blocks with authority.  Can be overwhelmed at the point of attack but counters with solid hand play. 
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Very solid day overall.  Anderson continued to play with a good pad level.   One pass rush in particular, he displayed a textbook spin which left the offensive tackle blocking nothing but air.   During the team session, Anderson further displayed his pass rush skills registering a practice sack   His athleticism came apparent when he recognized a boot and kept up step for step with tight end prospect, Marcedes Lewis, in the flat.
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Analysis:
Brodrick Bunkley DL Florida State 6023 300 9 7/8 33 3/4

Weigh-In Notes:  Looked like a monster- 300lbs with no fat.

Monday Practice Notes:  Clearly the best defensive player on the field of the South squad.  Showed fantastic penetration usually by blowing his offensive linemen off the ball.   His quickness forced a fumble on a snap as well as registering the only "sack" of the day. 
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Yesterday's South defensives star came down to earth today.  Still a very solid and productive day on Bunkley's half.  Has a very nice combination of strength and quickness.   His strength was highlighted with a hump move throwing a 320 lbs. guard to the ground.  His quickness can get him in trouble at times.  For example, Bunkley was driven two or three yards down the line on a simple downblock by the offensive tackle because he was trying to shoot the gap.    But when asked to take on a straight double team, not an inch was given.   One double team in particular were against the mammoth Max Jean-Gilles and Mike Degory, and Bunkley was not budged.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Did not practice due to injury.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Elvis Dumerville DL Louisville 5112 258 9 1/8 32 3/4

Weigh-In Notes:  Thick upper body with solid tone.

Monday Practice Notes:  Disappointing first day.  Dumervil was ineffective both against the run and the pass.   His assortment of pass rush moves were stoned all day, never beating a lineman cleanly once.  His one play of the day was surprisingly against the run as he beat his opposing lineman across the fact to make one play in the backfield.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  The question of speed off the edge has to be brought up.  Dumervil appears to lack any.  His pass rush attempts to this point in the week have been non effective.  His biggest play today was actually against the run as he showed the ability to work across the face of a block and make a tackle for a loss.  When double teamed though, he becomes completely engulfed.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Continuously engulfed at the point of attack. The tight ends had no problem blocking Dumervil one on one.   Even continued to struggle in his pass rush, only once freeing himself up to get to the quarterback. 
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Analysis:
Parys Haralson DL Tennessee 6007 250 9 7/8 34 1/8

Weigh-In Notes:  Linebacker-type build.

Monday Practice Notes:  A bit of a surprise on the first day, as one of the defensive line's better performers.   Haralson showed very nice quickness of the edge, culminating beautifully in a spin move which completely befuddled the opposing lineman. 
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Continues to show quickness off the edge.  An attribute which has been becoming apparent as a couple practices have gone by is his recognition.  Haralson does a very good job recognizes plays and the appropriate reactions.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Even at his size was very impressive against the run today.   On multiple occasion Haralson worked his way across the face to the tackle to extend the play.  Plays quick and low.   Even stepped up as a 1 technique in pass rush drills.
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Analysis:
Orien Harris DL Miami-Fl 6030 302 11 1/8 33 1/8

Weigh-In Notes:  Thick with a little flab.  Solid tone.

Monday Practice Notes:  Showed a tendency to slow down to complete pass rush moves.  Does come off the ball low and strongly. When just asked to shoot the gap, then Orien showed nice quickness off the ball, beating a few offensive lineman at the snap.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  First half of the practice, Harris was quiet.   Stoned on every single attempt he tried in both the running and passing games.  Definitely has trouble getting off blocks.   When he started to use his quickness to his advantage then he began to make a play or to, even registering a practice sack.
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Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Manny Lawson DL North Carolina State 6050 240 9 3/4 35 3/4

Weigh-In Notes:  Cut and well built....not much room for a lot of growth.

Monday Practice Notes:  The most athletic player along the defensive front here in Mobile. His drops in punt protection were VERY smooth and could give an indication as to his comfortability as possible linebacker. Explosive off the line.  Does a great job getting across the face of lineman on all downblocks which leads him to make more than his share of plays in the running game.  Uses his hands effectively.   One point even showed his strength by blowing Marcus McNeill into the backfield on a bulrush.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Speed, speed, and more speed.   Lawson registered two practice sacks using nothing by his explosiveness off the edge.   No pass rush moves, just blew right past the left tackle. Another example would be when Lawson was not ready for one play, actually was still on a knee, the lineman came off the ball on a zone block, and Lawson got off the knee to stop the back five yards in the backfield Also uses his hands very well which is underrated on the defensive line side of things.    The one knock for the day was that he allowed himself to be hooked at one point by the offensive tackle.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Quickly becoming apparent one of Lawson's strengths is his recognition.  By recognizing a screen and reacting to it, Lawson picked off a pass.   Later in practice Lawson was not fooled by any boot actions.  He recognizes blocks and scrapes hard down the line of scrimmage.  What a lot of scouts will love is his hustle on and off the field.  Manny continues runs on and off the field.  Also displays a nasty streak to his game.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Jesse Mahelona DL Tennessee 600 311 9 32

Weigh-In Notes:  Underdeveloped with a spare tire.

Monday Practice Notes:  Plays low.  TOO low.  Had trouble keeping his feet all afternoon.  Pad level will never come into question.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Pad level will never be in question with this prospect.  What is worrisome is the fact Mahelona is constantly knocked off his feet because of his low pad level.  A couple of the lineman simple pancaked him by riding his back.  What Mahelona does show is fantastic quickness off the ball.  He exemplified this quickness with a couple quick pass rush moves which gave him a free run at the quarterback.   Not only does he have that quickness, but more importantly, he finishes his pass rush moves.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Needs to recognize blocks and fight against them appropriately.   Does show great quickness and can be a disruptive force.   Surprisingly has a nice assortment of moves in his pass rush.   Does need to watch the ball and stop jumping offsides.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Kamerion Wimbley DL Florida State 6033 245 10 1/2 34 1/4

Weigh-In Notes:  Wide and well built.  Skin-tight mucles.

Monday Practice Notes:  One of the more flexible players during stretching.  At one pointed destroyed Jon Scott by literally putting him on his backside.  Did show a tendency to attempt too many pass rush moves, thus rendering him ineffective.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Possesses nice quickness off the edge.   Even showed good recognition by not losing contain on bootlegs.  Has a tendency to be engulfed by bigger tackles and then compounds the problem by not being able to get off the block.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Very quick off the snap and shown nice counters in his pass rush.   Registered a practice sack by properly swatting an offensive lineman's hands.   Struggles greatly when a lineman gets his hands on him though.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Kyle Williams DT LSU 6010 295 9 3/8 31 1/4

Weigh-In Notes:  No definition at all.

Monday Practice Notes:  Technically sound as a one technique.  Did show more than being the a "lunch pail" type player as he displayed quite a few moves to free himself up to make plays. 
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Showed a nice ability to stay flat down the line in pursuit thus making a couple tackles on running back cutbacks.  The most impressive part of his play is the ability to stand up a lineman and then get off the block.  Williams clearly knows how to play the position well.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Continues to show great hustle on the field.  Works across the face of opposing blockers.   Always keeps working down the line of scrimmage.  Shows a nice aptitude with pass rush moves and counters.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Spencer Havner LB UCLA 6027 239 10 3/8 33 3/4

Weigh-In Notes:  Slender with minimal tone.

Monday Practice Notes:  Not as comfortable dropping back in pass protection, but showed an ability to slink through traffic to make tackles in the running game.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Displayed terrific football intelligence and the ability to diagnose the action.  Tough as nails and worked to throw his pad into the fray.  Does not display great range on the field.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Did a great job quarterbacking the defense and making the calls.  Scraped well in the box and forcefully moved up field in run defense.  Showed a bad tendency of over-running plays and taking himself out of the action.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Thomas Howard LB UTEP 6027 234 10 1/4 32 3/4

Weigh-In Notes:  Stout and well built.

Monday Practice Notes:  Consistently plays too high.   His playing speed should be brought into question as well.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Looked good all day.  Very explosive and quick.  Did a fine job using his hands to protect himself or get off blocks.  Mirrored tight ends all day in coverage and showed good skill making plays in reverse.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Not as active as yesterday yet still a very good outing.  Can pedal, turn and run with opponents in coverage.  Breaks down well and was never off his feet.  Terrific quickness and speed in all aspects of his game.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Freddie Roach LB Alabama 6015 255 8 7/8 32

Weigh-In Notes:  No tone....thick with potential.

Monday Practice Notes:  Was corrected on playing too high.   Lost his gap responsibilities on multiple running plays.  Does approach the game with a hard nose attitude by aggressively taking on offensive lineman play after play.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Looks and plays like a two down defender.  Fast up the field and hard hitting but commits to the run early and gets caught out of position.  Struggled making any plays in reverse and very stiff in coverage.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Showed a good head in run defense and terrific in the box.  Defeated several blocks on his way to the action.   Not fast to the sidelines and showed minimal skill in coverage.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
DeMeco Ryans LB Alabama 6011 229 8 5/8 32 1/8

Weigh-In Notes:  Rock solid.

Monday Practice Notes:  Arguably the most disappointing during the South squad practice today.   Ryans was constantly badgered by 49er linebacker coach, the great Mike Singletary.   Some of the quotes were; "You're thinking too much!" "You're slow to every play." "We have to get you to the ball!"   His pass drops were a little better, but not much.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Outstanding cover linebacker who displayed tremendous range, and covers great amounts of area on the field.  Easily stayed with tight ends or backs down the field.  Struggled in run defense and was easily slowed at the point by blocks.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Once again looked great in coverage.  Placed over the slot receiver several times and easily stayed step-for-step with them downfield.  Showed some chipiness to his game today. Cannot get off blocks and had difficulty defending the run in the box.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Gerris Wilkinson LB Georgia Tech 6026 234 10 1/8 34 1/2

Weigh-In Notes:  Big upper body.

Monday Practice Notes: No explosiveness whatsoever.  Coach Singletary was on Wilkerson quite a bit as well, especially the little things like setting the huddle properly.  Often took bad angles to the play.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Tough, physical run defender who exploded up the field and worked hard to make plays in the box.  That said his coverage skills are significantly lacking as he struggles in reverse or out to the flanks.  Showed some toughness as after going down with an injury he forced his way back into the line-up.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Looked great against the run.  Not only explosive up the field but also slides and scrapes laterally to make plays.  And again, struggled mightily in coverage.  Very slow off the line and tends to turn and trail opponents rather than backpedal and transition turning his hips.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Travis Williams LB Auburn 5114 217 8 3/8 31 7/8

Weigh-In Notes:  Thin but built well for his ht\wt.

Monday Practice Notes:  Did not stick his nose up into the play today.  Playing at outside linebacker currently.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Very inconsistent session.  His athleticism and speed was obvious as was the ability to make plays in any direction.  Was used at middle linebacker and struggled defending the run.  Then was placed on the outside and showed a lot of hesitation in coverage.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Much the same for Williams.  Showed terrific athleticism, quickness and footwork, covering great amounts of area on the field.  Yet not instinctive, slow to react and late arriving to the play.  Used at both middle and outside today.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Greg Blue DB Georgia 6017 220 8 1/2 33 1/4

Weigh-In Notes:  Well built with thick, muscular upper body.

Monday Practice Notes:  Good depth from the safety position.  Explodes from his backpedal towards the ball.  Not as good laterally and had trouble covering tight ends on crossing routes.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Plants well and drives towards the ball. Moved better than the previous day and more comfortable in pads. Played smart and to his responsibility. Was praised several times but did have a tough time keeping up with Mercedes Lewis.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Too concerned with the bump at the line in pass coverage. Cheats on his drops and has to make up ground quickly to compensate. Reads the quarterback?s eyes but loses responsibility as a result.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Cedric Griffin DB Texas 6001 192 9 1/4 33

Weigh-In Notes:  Slender and needs toning.

Monday Practice Notes:  Displayed solid break on the ball with good closing speed but
has a tough time staying on his man.  Plays better with the ball in front of him.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Did not show good lateral movement. Missed several assignments that resulted in easy completions. Gives receivers a lot of room but displayed some closing speed.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Progressed from day one. Showed tight coverage throughout the day and was excellent covering the slot. He was praised several times but will, at times, not finish the play.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Roman Harper DB Alabama 5116 194 9 33 1/8

Weigh-In Notes:  Tone and thick.

Monday Practice Notes:  Reads the eyes of the receiver and is tight on the ball.  Will look back or put a hand up.  Too much depth on his dropbacks make him slow to recover in run support.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Sets up high and has a tough time cutting quickly. Worked well in supporting the run and will fight through traffic to find the ball carrier.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Reacts well to when facing the ball. Drops back early to gain depth but does not show explosion to be in position to make a play. Showed better pass coverage with a short field and read the plays well without as much area to cover.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Marcus Hudson DB North Carolina St        

Weigh-In Notes:

Monday Practice Notes:  Sticks to his man tight and is very physical at the line.  Displays a nice smooth backpedal and transition.  Does not look for the ball and missed an easy interception.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Fundamentally sound. Does not take any unnecessary steps. Gets caught up in trying to jam the receiver at the line. Stayed square as practice wore on and finished strong after some early struggles. Intercepted a pass late in the session.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Lined up at safety. Had trouble with run recognition and was slow out of his backpedal. Could not transition laterally. His session ended early after he twisted an ankle.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Tim Jennings DB Georgia 5077 178 9 1/4 30

Weigh-In Notes:  Needs more weight work.

Monday Practice Notes:  Gets turned around on double moves with him being overaggressive.  He tended to force outside coverage and when that failed would get beat.  Didn't explode to the ball.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Locates the ball well while it is in the air but he is not in position to make a play, drifting off the receiver. Shows good speed to stay with his man.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Stayed under control and did not fall for jukes from the receivers. Progressed from day one. Had better coverage in shorter fields.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Kelly Jennings DB Miami-Fl 5105 171 9 32 3/4

Weigh-In Notes:  Cut and well built.

Monday Practice Notes:  Puts himself in good position to make a play on the ball.  Does not take the right angles when closing that gap.  Does a good job of forcing the action to where his help is.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Good technician - very fluid in his change of direction. Stops on a dime and shows good recovery skills. Will bite on double moves with his aggressive mentality. Rolled his ankle late in the session.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Knowledge of his position and the coverages is evident. Plays to his responsibility and reads the receivers feet well. Had trouble with lateral movement today, perhaps due to the ankle he rolled on Tuesday.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Demario Minter DB Georgia 5110 189 8 3/8 32 1/2

Weigh-In Notes:  Minimal muscle tone and upper body.

Monday Practice Notes:  Doesn't drive towards the ball.  It makes you wonder if his
knee surgery is still affecting him.  He will cheat on the backpedal
which causes him to cover more ground on the short routes.
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Takes extra steps in his drops. Does not attack the ball when it hits the air and plays the receiver more than the ball. Plays well to his responsibility in zone and protects his zone.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Lined up at safety for the majority of practice because the squad was down a player. Looked natural at a position he has not played. Read the plays well and showed solid instincts. Also played cornerback in goal line and performed well.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Pat Watkins DB Florida State 6042 205 10 3/8 34 1/4

Weigh-In Notes:  Small upper body.

Monday Practice Notes:  Plays high which makes his backpedal awkward.  Caught in limbo several times with responsibility when the tight end stayed in to block in passing downs.  Vocal on the field.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Not precise in changing direction, often dropping a hand to the ground to maintain balance. Works hard to make up for deficiencies and displayed better skills in zone with responsibility and playing with his face to the ball.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Has trouble reading a receiver's movement and does not have make up speed. Was stronger in run support but got struggled shedding blocks.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Stephen Gostkowski K Memphis 6007 214 9 1/8 31

Weigh-In Notes:

Monday Practice Notes:
Tuesday Practice Notes: Didn't have a big leg and field goals were fluttering through the posts from 35-yards.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Showed a stronger leg today, though he was kicking with a strong wind for the most part.  Drilled some practice field goals from 50-yds.  Consistently put his kick-offs five yards into the end zone on special teams drills.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:
Thomas Olmsted P Troy State 6033 212    

Weigh-In Notes:

Monday Practice Notes:
Tuesday Practice Notes:  Was booting them between 50-60 yards in practice.  Does not get as much hang time as Torp of the North squad and very slow getting the ball off his foot.
Wednesday Practice Notes:  Got much better hang time on his punts and seemed to get the ball off his foot much cleaner.
Thursday Practice Notes:
Analysis:

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